Gov’t di­vided over how to plug gaps in the civil ser­vice

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Just a few days af­ter Min­is­ter of State Christo­foros Vernar­dakis her­alded 10,000 new per­ma­nent hir­ings to the Greek civil ser­vice, sources at the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­istry have ruled out the prospect of staff on short-term con­tracts be­ing granted per­ma­nent sta­tus in line with Vernar­dakis’s pledges.

“There is no way con­tract work­ers will be­come per­ma­nent,” a source at the min­istry told Kathimerini, high­light­ing a rift within the gov­ern­ment on the con­tro­ver­sial is­sue of pub­lic sec­tor staffing. Both sides agree that the state ad­min­is­tra­tion’s needs should be met with per­ma­nent staff, grad­u­ally abol­ish­ing the prac­tice of work­ers on short-term con­tracts that are per­pet­u­ally re­newed. But they dis­agree about how this should be achieved.

Ac­cord­ing to Vernar­dakis’s plan, which was set out last week, 10,000 con­tract work­ers in lo­cal author­i­ties – chiefly those work­ing in san­i­ta­tion, at creches, as guards and at mu­nic­i­pal soup kitchens – will have the op­por­tu­nity to se­cure per­ma­nent sta­tus via the Supreme Coun­cil for Civil Per­son­nel Se­lec­tion (ASEP).

Sources at the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­istry dis­agree, ob­ject­ing in prin­ci­ple to con­tract staff be­ing made per­ma­nent and specif­i­cally to “closed” com­pe­ti­tions via ASEP. The po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion has ac­cused left­ist SYRIZA of try­ing to boost its wan­ing po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence by of­fer­ing state jobs.

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